Number 91. Petersburg Campaign Report of Captain John Wilson, First U. S. Sharpshooters

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 80)

Numbers 91. Report of Captain John Wilson, First U. S. Sharpshooters.1

HEADQUARTERS FIRST REGIMENT U. S. SHARPSHOOTERS, Near Petersburg, Va., August 7, 1864.

CAPTAIN: *

From June 16 until June 21 the regiment was employed daily on the advanced lines of the First and Third Divisions of this corps at Petersburg, occupying the most suitable place for sharpshooters. On the 18th from the Hare house and grounds in that vicinity the regiment effectually silenced two pieces of the enemy’s artillery and affording great protection to our battery, which was ordered into position at that point. Our loss during this time was 6 killed and 26 wounded, including 1 officer. On the 21st of June the corps moved into position on the left of the line. In a skirmish on the 22nd had 2 killed and 3 wounded. From this time until the 26th of July the regiment rested quietly in camp near our present quarters.

On the 26th of July the regiment marched to the north side of the James River, remaining there until the 28th, when we recrossed and marched to the rear of the Eighteenth Corps. The evening of the 29th moved up into the works, relieving a portion of Ord’s command, staying in this position until the night of the 30th, when we were relieved and returned to our old and present quarters. Our loss on the 30th was 1 killed and 1 wounded.

Much credit is due the officers and men of this command for the promptness with which every movement has been executed. Those that have fallen we refer to with respect, love, and admiration. Those that have survived are conscious of having performed their duty and a rich reward awaits them.

Respectfully submitted.

JNumbers WILSON,
Captain, Commanding First U. S. Sharpshooters.

[Captain F. E. MARBLE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.]

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*For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 3 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p. 485.

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Source:

  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 410

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